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U.N., Governments Taking Action To Curb Violence Against Women

Noting that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month told the U.N. Security Council “that sexual violence occurred wherever conflicts raged, ‘devastating survivors and destroying the social fabric of whole communities,'” Inter Press Service reports “the United Nations is unleashing an army of Women Protection Advisers (WPAs) to specifically curb sexual…

WHO Examines Global NTD Response

A WHO press release provides an update on the global response to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The press release highlights a new report from the agency, titled “Sustaining the Drive to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases,” “which charts progress in controlling, eliminating and eradicating these ancient illnesses”;…

U.N. Appeals For Additional $8.6B In 2013 For Humanitarian Aid

“Nearly $13 billion is needed this year — about a third of that amount for Syria and its neighboring countries — to provide aid to 73 million people, the top United Nations humanitarian official said” on Wednesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “That’s an extra $8.6 billion to raise by…

MERS Virus Not A ‘Public Health Emergency,’ WHO Emergency Committee Declares

“The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS) is not a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ the emergency committee of the [WHO] said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports (Nebehay, 7/17). “The committee felt that the ‘dramatic action’ of declaring an emergency would be disproportionate and might do more harm than good,…

WHO Reports 6 More Cases Of MERS Virus In Saudi Arabia, UAE

“Six more people, most of them health care workers, have contracted the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the [WHO] said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/18). “The latest infections of four women and two men aged between 26 and 42 bring the global total to…

Blog Examines Need For Global Health Governance

Writing in the Global Health Governance journal’s “Young Voices” blog, contributor Anand Bhopal examines the need for governance in the global health field and why the WHO should lead the effort. Bhopal discusses how the WHO is funded, addresses the WHO budget deficit, and examines the future of the health…

WHO Working Group On Substandard Medicine To Meet This Week

Members of the WHO “are meeting this week to advance the international mechanism against substandard and counterfeit medicines,” Intellectual Property Watch reports. Meeting documents, for the “Open-ended Working Group to Identify the Actions, Activities and Behaviours that result in substandard/spurious/falsely-labeled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products,” including the draft agenda and a report…